Friday, March 9, 2012

My Yoga Challenge

My yoga challenge is now complete! I practiced for 21 days straight - I'm so proud of myself! Three weeks may not sound like a lot, but to someone who NEVER exercises, it's pretty impressive. Not only that, but I plan on jumping into the intermediate challenge today. Many of the routines are the same (the more challenging ones) but there are some new ones as well. I'm looking forward to it!

Since I've never really stuck to an exercise routine before, I was thinking of some reasons why this time is different:
  • I generally love yoga - it's definitely my kind of exercise. Not too strenuous, not too sweaty & even though I'm challenged physically & my muscles are a bit achy the next day, I never feel like I want to die or like I'm having a heart attack during the workout.
  • Yoga leaves me feeling strong & empowered, not weak & done for the day.
  • Flexibility is important to me & something I definitely need to improve upon. But even though I can't always stretch out or fold forward as far as the instructor, I never feel discouraged because yoga is about feeling the pose, not pushing to the limits of it.
  • I like how yoga ties in with the breath - some of the breathing techniques have really helped me relax & fall asleep at night.
  • I've noticed results. I'm stronger & more flexible already. This is by far the most motivating.
It's no wonder I'm ready to go for the next 21 days!

1 comment:

The Belly Dancer said...

Congratulations Amanda. That was funny but I agree about yoga. Although I already stopped for a while *excuses* even though I saw great results, in 3 days I was more flexible, and it stayed with me. I dance everyday now which I didn't have time for when I was doing yoga and I got this really good new music...